Children with Autism can be difficult to understand or work with. The child in mind can be your own, someone you provide care for, or even a student in your class. It is important that you are familiar with the subject of Autism if you are around someone with this particular disability. Children with Autism won’t all act the same just as normal children don’t all act the same. Therefore it is important that you are able to relate to the particular child with Autism that you are exposed to in a matter that is appropriate and acceptable to everyone involved.
There are many behaviors some children with Autism exhibit that can be very trying for parents and caregivers. They can also become so disruptive in the school environment that other options will have to be explored. These behaviors include clapping, snapping, and head banging at times that disrupt others. Continual rocking is very common. More severe behavioral issues include biting themselves and self mutilation.
It is important to understand that children with Autism can be easily upset and angry about their inability to communicate and interact socially. While they understand they aren’t able to do these things effectively, they really don’t understand the pattern and concepts of effective communication. The may start repeating particular phrases or sentences over and over again.
It is important to encourage children with Autism to participate in activities they are good at. This helps them develop as sense of control and belonging. Many autistic children excel in the areas of art, drawing, and computer programming. These activities can also be used as leverage and rewards for good behaviors.
It you think your child may be affected by Autism, there are several things to look for. It is also a good idea to have your child evaluated by a professional who specializes in the disability. Your primary care physician may not have enough experience with Autism to make a proper diagnosis.
Most children who develop Autism will show symptoms of the disability by the time they are three years old. If your child is not meeting milestones in a timely fashion, they may have Autism. The sooner a diagnosis is made the more options you will have for helping your child.